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Weird National Briefs (11/01/2017)

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Penguin party

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - An Ohio university has apparently set a world record for the number of people dressed in penguin costumes.

The Vindicator reports 972 Youngstown State University students, alumni and community members gathered on the school’s campus Saturday in their best penguin finery to celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary as a university.

Youngstown State’s nickname is the Penguins.

Saturday’s waddle of faux birds apparently broke a mark recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records when 624 people dressed as penguins gathered at a children’s hospice in England in 2015

One of the organizers of Saturday’s event said half of the participants were school alumni.

TME – Clearly a formal event.

Purloined pumpkins

MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. - Police who caught three teenagers orange-handed with 48 stolen pumpkins _ and one gourd _ are asking residents of a St. Louis suburb to view a “pumpkin lineup” online to see if their Halloween squash are among those recovered.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that pumpkins began vanishing last week from subdivisions of Maryland Heights. Police quickly tracked down the boys and their pumpkin-crammed SUV that Capt. Scott Will says was “top-to-bottom orange.”

The next day, officers snapped a picture of the abducted decor and posted it to Facebook. Will says police have been “inundated” with people coming to track down their Halloween pumpkins. About a dozen remained unclaimed Tuesday. None are carved.

Two 18-year-olds are charged with misdemeanor stealing, while a 16-year-old has been referred to juvenile court.

TME – Those kids were probably stoned out of their gourds.

Delicious drugs

TRENTON, N.J. - A man has admitted smuggling chocolate-covered heroin on a flight from Guatemala to Newark Liberty International Airport.

Jacobo Orellana-Estrada on Thursday pleaded guilty in federal court to possession with intent to distribute heroin.

Prosecutors say the Guatemalan citizen arrived in Newark on a flight in June and Customs officers discovered what appeared to be six small layer cakes in his luggage. The cakes turned out to be packages of heroin coated in chocolate.

The 21-year-old faces up to life in prison when he’s sentenced in January.

TME – You got heroin in my chocolate! You got chocolate in my heroin! Wait a second…

Loose seal

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An airport at the northernmost point of Alaska had a surprise hurdle on its runway Monday.

KTVA reports that a seal estimated to weigh 450 pounds was removed from the Utqiagvik Airport runway by way of sled.

A photo and video of the bearded seal lounging on the runway was shared on Facebook . The state Department of Transportation got in on the fun by warning pilots of “low sealings” at the airport.

Meadow Bailey, the department’s communications director, says Utqiagvik experienced heavy storms Monday. Staff found the seal while clearing the runway. It was removed by North Slope Animal Control.

TME – We can neither confirm nor deny that it sang “Kiss From a Rose” on its way out.

Gonna make you sweat

MONTREAL - A Canadian man’s decision to belt out a 1990s dance hit while inside his car has landed him a $149 ticket for being too loud in public.

But Taoufik Moalla said Monday he’ll fight the ticket and denies his singing was as deafening as authorities claim.

Moalla says he was happily singing along with the windows mostly rolled up to C+C Music Factory’s “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now),” which neared the top of the Billboard chart in 1991, when he was stopped.

He says he initially thought Montreal police wanted him to move out of their way.

He says was asked if he was yelling and he said no. One of the officers walked away and returned with the fine for screaming in a public place.

TME – Another addition to the list of “Things That Make You Go Hmmmm...”

Sandwich suit

DOVER, Del. - A Delaware judge says a woman who says she slipped on the remnants of a sandwich can continue her lawsuit against a popular convenience store chain.

Lisa Donovan says she slipped and fell on “hoagie guts,” or discarded sandwich pieces, in the parking lot of a Wawa store in 2014.

Defense attorneys asked for summary judgment in their favor, arguing that Donovan had failed to identify a liability expert on the issue of whether the store was negligent.

Donovan argued that an expert was unnecessary because the need to sweep up trash in a parking lot is something the average person can understand.

The judge agreed with Donovan last week, saying a splattered hoagie in a parking lot is no different than water on the floor of a grocery store.

TME – No hoagie guts, no hoagie glory.

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